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Old 10-10-2013, 01:04 PM   #1
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dogg (dogs in eggs) camping

There are lots of people who travel with dogs. Some bought small trailers to be able to go to agility trials with their dogs. I see great hints scattered all over the place about how to adapt/modify the trailers, and thought this would be a good way to keep the information in one place.

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Old 10-10-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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No problemo--for the dogs. I hope some day to adapt the trailer such that I have a place to sleep.

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I'm still looking for the ideal solution, but right now I use two small exercise pens to make a "front yard" for my trailer. I put my recliner inside the yard, too, and we can hang out peacefully. Downside- weight and bulk of the expens and limited size of the yard. If the pens were lighter, I'd carry more, and fence a larger area.

Another thing I do is keep stuff under the bed that is going to come out at the destination (such as the canopy) so that my dog can sleep under there if he wants. I have a link somewhere to a really cool trailer in which the owners built crates under the bed, but I think that was an Airstream.

Neither of these are really adaptations- just ways to cope with camping with dogs.
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We plan our vacations around our puppies. Yea were crazy over them.

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I have a 13' Casita, no bathroom though...but I travel with 3 mid sized (65 lbs plus) dogs and one Bichon. Most of the time we spend outside the trailer but when it is necessary that we are all inside together the dogs get up on the bed or the couch to stay out of the way. Same arrangement for sleeping. They came up with this solution on their own. I seldom have to ask them to move except first thing in the morning when everyone wants to be first to go out!! I, too, store things under the bed (it stays in bed mode all the time) that go out first thing when we arrive at our destination. But that spot does not appeal to them. Perhaps with a plush doggie bed. I have not tried that yet.
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7yo Boston Terrier. I have a 12ft lead attached to the pedestal table leg. It give him enough room to go outside, but not enough to wrap around the awning poles and pull it down. We take long walks to go potty, so no peeing at the campsite area.
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A few years back I bought a soft storage bag for dog food- great buy. I keep the food in the back of the car- avoids little critters and temptation for the dogs, and takes less space that way. I have a water dish that stays with the trailer.

I've been taking Jack's meds in daily pill box dispensers, but keep forgetting something, so I think while I'll presort the meds that way I'll still bring all the bottles. I give pills in peanut butter so that stays in the trailer.
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We travel in a pickup with camper shell on the bed. Makes a great mobile corral for our dogs. We've never had more than two (and only have one right now) but they've always tended to be large. We usually let them sleep in the trailer, on their doggie beds (on the floor), but in the evening we will feed them in the pickup and then usually make them hangout there until we are ready for bed. FWIW, our camper shell has a "windoor" which allows decent ventilation in the afternoons; they've not tried to climb through it (although we watch them carefully when it's open).

On longer trips we also use a screen shelter, which the dogs can come into with us. Both the screen shelter and the pickup bed provide them some off leash time, even though they are confined. All of us appreciate a break from being tethered to to a six foot leash.
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I have wondered about the "extra room" (screened room) as a way to give the dogs some roaming/relaxing space without using the weight of xpens. I'm a bit of a mosquito phobe, so I would always prefer screened spaces over the open air.

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I'm still looking for the ideal solution, but right now I use two small exercise pens.... Downside- weight and bulk of the expens and limited size of the yard. If the pens were lighter, I'd carry more, and fence a larger area.
We use some soft sided X-pens available at the AKC Store. Singly they can be set up in squares or octagons.


They can be joined together to form different shapes, we like the "peanut" configuration - 2 octagons joined by the doors. They are about 15 lbs ea. Roof and floors are optional. We have also configured them to fit around the awning. Very versatile.

It has become the first thing to set up and the last to take down.
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13 ft UHaul and an 8 yr old Bichon (MAXX). Usually under or on the bed. Lots of walks and a long lead while in camp.
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The soft sided expens are too bulky for me to carry. I have short dogs so I went for short metal pens instead. Ideal solution would be lighter xpens that are not bulkier than metal ones.

I got a hanging tent and a screen room to fit my canopy. Canopy fits the front door. So I can set up the canopy right outside the trailer in wet weather, then add the xpens beyond the canopy for a yard Or, set up the xpens to connect canopy to trailer with space in between. But in warmer weather without bugs I'll just put the canopy over the xpen area for shade, same for just occasional showers.

Here's my thread on that, with pictures, though it doesn't show the xpens.

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Thought on expens. Back in the day when I had my Scamp (with a back bumper) I designed and built lightweight pvc panels to build my yard. It worked great and I still use them today. Basically rectangle frames (built so they were as long as the Scamp was wide) with removable "feet" and then used the mesh fabric. I can probably dig up some old photos. Also allowed me to build them as tall or short as I needed at the time.

I am also one that shows dogs in performace but wire expens and I have a torrid past (finger squishing, heavy)! LOL

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Old 10-11-2013, 11:08 AM   #14
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Short light metal expens: SeaBreeze Petite Pens - A lightweight solution to heavy exercise pens

I got mine when they were still sold by Cottonlite (who no longer appears to be in business). I also liked that they are short enough to block the underside of the trailer.

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